Sex, Politics, and Homeschooling…Oh, and Tornadoes


Boy, did I pick the wrong time to take a mini-vacation from blogging! The unholy trinity of controversial topics erupted on the Godblogosphere in the last few days: sex, politics, and homeschooling.

I’ll be commenting on the first and last issues once I clear my plate. Call me Slammed right now. My posterior actually hurts from sitting in chairs all day typing away. Plus, we’re doubling up on my son’s homeschooling to end by the close of May. More sitting there, too.

And then my in-laws were visiting in Greensburg, KS, when that town got erased off the face of the planet by what must’ve been the mother of all tornadoes. What's left of Greensburg's main attractionI’ve been to Greensburg myself; my wife grew up in a minuscule town just eight miles away. A few years ago, we went back to that area and I had the curious pleasure of descending the depths of the world’s largest hand-dug well, the key attraction in Greensburg. How eerie that the first image we saw of the devastation was the smashed sign for the well.

Praise God my in-laws escaped unharmed, plus saved their van and laptop. They lost everything else, though.

Life is like that, isn’t it? In myriad ways, most of us escape the truly awful consequences of life by the skin of our teeth. I suspect that many of us will arrive that way in heaven. How sad to think that most of what we’ve done will be tested by flames, only to burn! I pray that at least something of my life is gold and not all dross. Don’t want to make it into heaven smelling of smoke from that testing! I deal with enough shame as it is.

More later.

Update: The images of the destruction in Greensburg are mind-boggling. When I saw this aerial series of photos, I thought one thing: Hiroshima.

{Image: Greensburg, KS: sign for The World’s Largest Hand-dug Well post-tornado – copyright, The Associated Press}

5 thoughts on “Sex, Politics, and Homeschooling…Oh, and Tornadoes

  1. Marie

    Wow, you said your in-laws were visiting the town, were they in a hotel at the time? Was there any warning?
    What a horrible thing to have happen while on a trip!
    But praise God they are safe!

    • Marie,

      They were staying in the Jayhawk Hotel in Greensburg. My understanding is that there is no Jayhawk Hotel anymore. My in-laws weren’t allowed back into town. They were at a friend’s house eight miles away, but had no idea that Greensburg was being annihilated. They wound up staying overnight at that friend’s house. When they couldn’t get back into Greensburg to see if any of their luggage contents survived, they came back home.

  2. I grew up in Kansas, about 100 miles away. It makes me sad to see the town destroyed because it’s so similar to my hometown. Yes, the well is hokey, but it’s uniquely Kansan, and I love it. We drove through Greensburg last summer on the way to visit my parents. I hope to stop there the next time.

    • Clay,
      Just about every town on the Plains has some oddity like that well. That’s what makes America great, all those weird attractions summed up tell a tale about us that makes us different from any other country. We love our weird stuff and it reflects in our national pride.

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